NHS Lothian Funds New Lymphoedema Services

 In response to enquiries from patients and patient groups, NHS Lothian is pleased to be able to announce the provision of funding for additional lymphoedema services for patients in Edinburgh and the Lothians today (12 April). An initial investment of £50,000 is being made this year, for lymphoedema services. Investment for next year will increase to £100,000 as a further £50,000 has already been secured.

 

Bob Anderson, Interim Chair, NHS Lothian said:

"This is excellent news and shows our commitment to delivering the best possible services to patients with this distressing condition. It also allows us to develop the expertise of our staff in this important area."

Jackie Sansbury, Director of Planning and Modernisation, NHS Lothian said:

"I am delighted that we have secured this investment to develop lymphoedema services. Our next step is to hold discussions with key staff and patients regarding how best to invest this to develop and deliver these services. We anticipate providing improved services through additional patient treatments, recruitment of new staff and training of existing staff. The additional funding next year will allow a phased implementation of the services across Edinburgh and the Lothians."

The development of the lymphoedema services is expected to take place over the next few months.

16/04/2007